UPDATED: See below for the FAQ!
Here are the “official” Les Mills tattoo designs:
Immense, balanced strength is depicted with this design, which features two ‘mangopares’ or hammerhead sharks – the traditional symbol for strength and power.
RPM’s ‘power’ is captured here with symbolism depicting the ‘mangopare’ or hammerhead shark. Traditionally, mangopare was seen as a source of huge strength and determination – and was eaten before battle because it was considered to contain the shark’s adrenalin which would enhance their warrior-like abilities.
A sense of uplifting is communicated with this design. It shows the koru growing larger and larger, stepping ever upwards in size and strength – and achieving a higher state of being.
BODYJAM’s uniquely infectious attitude is shown here with a densely symbolic design featuring different traditional elements feeding off each other. Rhythm is also symbolised here with extensive use of the teeth-like tara-tara shapes.
The notion of ‘energy unleashed’ is depicted here with a dramatic, sweeping explosion of korus – which themselves also refer to ‘renewal’. The design also incorporates ‘tara-tara’ – or the teeth of the mythical taniwha which represent formidable strength.
The key symbolism depicted here is of balanced energy, with a converging yin-yang design spiraling around a central spring – or primal energy source. The inclusion of ‘tara-tara’ or teeth in groupings of three symbolise the past, present and future.
Here, the outwardly spiralling koru motif depicts powerful energy being released from within. Shown this way, it also references a collision of growth and change.
For convenience the above are available as a collection in .zip format – click here to download
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Did you design these tattoos?
No. The tattoos were (probably) designed by Steven Renata and other members of LesMills staff.
When were these tattoos released?
I’ve not heard a definitive answer on this. Most people I’ve spoken to believe they emerged around the end of 2006 and were displayed by some master instructors in Q1 of 2007.
Does anyone own the copyright?
Well, it’s not me. Technically the tattoos are the intellectual property of whoever designed or commissioned them. LesMills don’t claim copyright on any official materials or websites. This page has been in existence for a while and no-one has asked for its removal (yet) so my assumption is that either ownership is not established or publication here is tacitly condoned. If anyone does own the copyright (and can provide reasonable proof of this), I will readily take them down on request.
Are there higher resolution versions available?
Sorry, the above images are the best quality I have.
Are there any other tattoos?
None exist for programs other than the ones above. There are no tattoos for BodyVive, CXWorx, Sh’Bam or any non-Les Mills programs.
Why isn’t there a tattoo for BodyVive or CXWorx etc?
These tattoos were originally released at the end of 2006. At that time Les Mills hadn’t started BodyVive or CXWorx. So there won’t be a tattoo for any of their more recently produced programs.
Are there any plans to release a tattoo for BodyVive or CXWorx etc?
As far as I am aware, no. You could try contacting LesMills New Zealand. Otherwise, why not design one yourself.